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    What front rest do you use at the range

    Debating whether or not I should buy a bipod or a proper front rest.

    I have a home made one that is not the greatest. The rifle pulls to the left after a shot as the top swivels. Everything I've shot has been dead and hit the right spot but always good to have better gear.

    I was thinking of either a second hand Harris or something from 55six.

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    I like sand bags front and rear I have a big 20kg sack of sand that’s left on the bench at our farm range
    Then use a rear bag I think its a Caldwell one
    If if im going to another range I have a smaller lighter front bag i use
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    I use a bipod or a breadbag inside another full of crusher dust. Works ok.
    And the same but smaller for a rear rest.
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    I prefer bipods, as you can carry it in the field with you.
    Bags are really only good at the range, but a bipod does double duty.

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    I use what I shoot with in the field, a bipod on my tops rig and day babag for my allrounder/bush guns.

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    i'm relatively new to the long range thing, but heres what i did.
    i emptied out lots of silica gel capsules from packaging, now this stuff attracts water so i stuffed the whole lot into a "pleasure balloon" and then put it inside a couple of layers of old socks.
    so now i can shoot from a wooly sock wrapped around a condom full of packaging material. all i can say is it does work and costs nothing, though explaining to the mrs why you are purchasing condoms could be tricky
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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo-6mmrem View Post
    I like sand bags front and rear I have a big 20kg sack of sand thatís left on the bench at our farm range
    Then use a rear bag I think its a Caldwell one
    If if im going to another range I have a smaller lighter front bag i use
    Yeah I may just get the missus to make some more rice bags up. The nzda range uses awkward benches so prone is usually easier I find.

    Quote Originally Posted by kidmac42 View Post
    I use a bipod or a breadbag inside another full of crusher dust. Works ok.
    And the same but smaller for a rear rest.


    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW View Post
    I prefer bipods, as you can carry it in the field with you.
    Bags are really only good at the range, but a bipod does double duty.
    Which bipod? Starting to shoot further so was going to keep an eye out for a second hand harris

    Quote Originally Posted by mawzer308 View Post
    I use what I shoot with in the field, a bipod on my tops rig and day babag for my allrounder/bush guns.
    I have used my day pack successfully before in the field

    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    i'm relatively new to the long range thing, but heres what i did.
    i emptied out lots of silica gel capsules from packaging, now this stuff attracts water so i stuffed the whole lot into a "pleasure balloon" and then put it inside a couple of layers of old socks.
    so now i can shoot from a wooly sock wrapped around a condom full of packaging material. all i can say is it does work and costs nothing, though explaining to the mrs why you are purchasing condoms could be tricky
    That shouldn't be too hard for me ha

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    I use homemade sandbags for testing different loads and then sight in off a well stuffed dad bag as that what I shoot off if I have a longer shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    i'm relatively new to the long range thing, but heres what i did.
    i emptied out lots of silica gel capsules from packaging, now this stuff attracts water so i stuffed the whole lot into a "pleasure balloon" and then put it inside a couple of layers of old socks.
    so now i can shoot from a wooly sock wrapped around a condom full of packaging material. all i can say is it does work and costs nothing, though explaining to the mrs why you are purchasing condoms could be tricky
    Just use whatever you're gonna use on the hill
    With the condoms, are they new, used or just reused??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russian 22. View Post
    Yeah I may just get the missus to make some more rice bags up. The nzda range uses awkward benches so prone is usually easier I find.







    Which bipod? Starting to shoot further so was going to keep an eye out for a second hand harris



    I have used my day pack successfully before in the field



    That shouldn't be too hard for me ha
    I use an Atlas PSR Bipod. Nothing wrong with the Harris bipods though.
    Of importance, imo, is if you get a bipod that can swivel side to side, make sure it can be tightened up real good so it doesent want to roll from side to side easily. I prefer it to be stiff enough to hold the rifle level itself, so you are not trying to keep it level yourself whilst trying to aim etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos View Post
    Just use whatever you're gonna use on the hill
    With the condoms, are they new, used or just reused??
    oh trust me brand new, the used ones would be too weak from the strain to handle a 22lr

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    Used Harris or a Harris copy is what I'd go for.
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    I use bags at the range, and mainly shoot offhand while hunting, otherwise over my pack for longer shots. I had my first play at longer range gongs in the weekend, so I'm thinking of using a bipod on one rifle in the field, in which case I'll use the bipod at the range too.
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    I use cut off jeans legs full of kitty litter up front and a sock full of the same stuff up the back on a bench when Iím sighting in or checking loads or doing anything else where i want to get myself out of the equation as much as possible. But if Iím at the range with a known load and setup for fun and practice then itís off the day bag offhand off the knees etc
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